Dangerous liaison

How beautiful is this juvenile nettle in the first morning light!

But beware those stinging needles!

© Alice through the Macro Lens [2012]

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6 thoughts on “Dangerous liaison

  1. I love the colours in this one, Alice.

    • Thank you. I’d never noticed it before, until I took this picture. The purple seems to be only apparent on the very young leaves as they unfold. But check out those syringe looking stingers sticking up on the lower part of the leaf …. Thank goodness Mother Nature created Dock leaves!

  2. Such a pretty plant with the purple around the outside! 🙂

    • Don’t be fooled by its prettiness!
      Not sure if you have stinging nettles in New Zealand, but I’m sure most people in the UK would not have nice things to say about them!
      This was a very young shoot I caught during one of our first warm days for the Spring time. That purple edge disappears very quickly, and is not seen on the more mature leaves.
      But if you touch the leaves, you’ll regret it, because you’ll wind up with loads of blistery welts on your skin.
      I’d never seen the “stingers” before I took this picture, but they are the little syringe-looking sharpies on the lower part of the leaf.
      Ouch!

      Thanks for looking, and I love your latest photo of the city at night. Fabulous!
      Alice

  3. Owwwww!
    Our nettles here (in northern California) aren’t nearly as pretty, but they sting just the same! Gorgeous plant though. Thanks for sharing.

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